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An in Vivo Investigation of Brain Inflammation in Gulf War Illness with Integrated PET/MR Imaging

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2014,29 Sep 2015

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Massachusetts General Hospital Boston United States

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This project is aimed at evaluating the contribution of brain glia to the pathophysiology of Gulf War Illness, as well as fibromyalgia a functional pain disorder characterized by similar symptoms. So far we have completed administrative and regulatory review, and have begun subject enrollment. The first two participants have completed the study. An additional three participants were enrolled and found to be ineligible at the time of screening. Throughout the recruitment process, we have actively modified our inclusion criteria to address concerns of ambiguity as they have arisen. Recruitment has been slower than anticipated, but efforts are well underway to improve recruitment procedures. Additionally, we experienced recent delays as a result of the Martinos Center cyclotron undergoing repair for more than one month. However, the resolution of these hurdles is in sight, and we are confident that well soon be able to increase our recruitment rate and successfully complete the project within the expected timeframe.

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